Outback Qld still awaiting downpourBy Kate Stephens, Monday February 4, 2013 - 10:37 EDT
While eastern parts of the state are recovering from devastating floods, western Queensland residents are still waiting for the annual wet season to begin.
The weather bureau's senior forecaster, Peter Otto, says this week will see more fine conditions in the inland, with some isolated showers at the end of the week in the north-west.
He says it looks like any significant rain is still a few weeks away.
"There's no decent rain on the horizon for the next week it would appear, and that's a pretty confident forecast," he said.
"We've just got a ridge of high pressure that's going to dominate Queensland's weather throughout this week and so things [are] really quite settled.
"Look, there are prospects of rain increasing later on this month as we get another wave of weather from the tropics but it will be quite [dry] for at least the next week."
He says there is some rain expected by the end of the week but only isolated showers in the north-west as far south as Cloncurry.
"Unfortunately we will get isolated activity try and build in the north-west of the state on Wednesday and Thursday but nothing in terms of widespread rain, just very isolated activity," he said.
"If you're really lucky you might get 20 to 50mm in some spots but it really will be quite isolated even when we get it mid-week."
© ABC 2013
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